ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)

Self-Portrait19864 1/4 x 3 3/8 in.(10.8 x 8.57 cm) Polaroid, Polacolor II
Phillips New York, Contemporary Art & Design, 1 February 2013, Sale NY010113, lot 000
Private Collection, Puerto Rico


Because Warhol was concerned about hair loss, no prop was more critical in crafting his public persona than a wig. Wigs provided his signature look and are an extension of his interest in transformation, performance, and the fluidity of identity. The fright wigs, with their tousled, unkempt appearance, add an element of wildness and eccentricity to Warhol's look. But here, the wig cascades down in a straight, helmet-like coiffure that evokes a more severe and formidable nature. All wigs, for Warhol, provided an opportunity for theatrical role-playing and reflect his fascination with artificiality and self-invention.